By Andy Sambidge
More than 6m passengers pass through Dubai aviation hub for the third time in four months, says operator
More than 6 million passengers passed through Dubai International last month, driven by the expanding networks of Emirates Airline and flydubai, the airport's operator said on Monday.
According to the latest traffic statistics issued by Dubai Airports, this is the third time in four months the airport has recorded monthly traffic of more than 6 million passengers.
Passenger traffic reached 6,285,868 in March, up 7.5 percent from the 5,846,297 achieved in the same month last year.
In the first three months of the year passenger traffic rose to a record 18,361,820 passengers, up 11.4 percent from the 16,486,417 passengers welcomed in the first quarter of 2013.
Regionally, the Indian subcontinent recorded the highest growth in passenger numbers in March (up 112,953 passengers), followed by Western Europe (up 75,283), the GCC (up 60,280) and Asia (up 58,851).
Australasia was the fastest-expanding market in terms of percentage growth (up 21.9 percent) as a result of Emirates’ partnership with Qantas, Dubai Airports said in a statement.
India remained the top destination country (751,390 passengers) during the month, followed by Saudi Arabia (518,555) and the UK (460,529). London emerged as Dubai International’s busiest city destination, ahead of Doha, Jeddah and Riyadh.
Cargo volumes continued to benefit from improved growth in the world’s developed economies as well as from expanding trade with emerging countries. Freight volumes reached 228,154 tonnes in March, rising 6.7 pecent from the 213,748 tonnes in the same month in 2013.
In the first quarter of this year, freight volumes climbed 5 percent to 613,876, up from 584,847 tonnes in the same period last year.
“The growth in passenger and freight traffic supports our continued investment in expanding and improving our facilities at Dubai International. We not only want to increase our capacity to accommodate more passengers but continually refine the service we offer our customers,” said Paul Griffiths, CEO of Dubai Airports.
“A key element of this programme is the upgrading and refurbishment of both Dubai International’s runways over 80 days beginning May 1. We have focused our efforts over the past few months to ensure smooth operations during this period and minimising any inconvenience to our passengers while in the long run boosting safety, service and capacity levels at the airport,” he said.For all the latest transport news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.